ro·​tis·​ser·​ie | \ rō-ˈtis-rē , -ˈti-sə-\

Definition of rotisserie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a restaurant specializing in broiled and barbecued meats
2 : an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat


adjective, often capitalized

Definition of rotisserie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a sports league consisting of imaginary teams whose performance is based on the statistics of actual players a rotisserie baseball league

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In bowl, toss 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken with scallions and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Weeknight Meals," 21 Dec. 2018 The hotel’s Café Boulud, from chef Daniel Boulud, offers a famous rotisserie chicken and is the scene of Toronto’s weekday power breakfast. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Canada’s City of the Future Rides a New Wave," 4 Dec. 2018 Like every other customer in line, you’re here for the famed wood-fire rotisserie chicken, cooking using the firewood stacked in neat piles outside and piled onto a paper plate with thick-cut french fries, salad, and a few warm tortillas. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 The rotisserie roasted duck was one dish that truly disappointed, a thick pad of unrendered fat still ringing its breast, whose meat was also threaded with a sinew. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 That didn't affect my enjoyment of a moist, crisp-skinned chicken sandwich, or of the Rotisserie Fat Rice, a bowl of perfect sushi grains, cooked in the juices of the birds slowly turning in the rotisserie and then larded with their fat. Brett Martin, GQ, "The Year That Fast Casual (Kinda, Sorta, Maybe) Grew Up," 25 Apr. 2018 Nothing against the humble rotisserie chicken, take-out or restaurant dining, but that can get kind of tiresome after a while, not to mention expensive. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: Craving the dying art of home cooking and baking? You can find it at west suburban farmers markets.," 5 July 2018 Hidden under the drumsticks and thighs are rafts of baguette that sat under the rotisserie, imbibing every drop that fell from the bird. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Similar to shawarma or al pastor, döner meat is stacked on a rotisserie and cooked slowly on a rotating spit. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Döner Brös food truck to open its first shop in Charles Village," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among the main courses are rotisserie chicken, pork chops and a burger, and also a whole black sea bass for two and a Florentine T-bone, also for two. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMad," 19 June 2018 Other options include: A rotisserie lamb plate with tomato orzo au jus and a roll. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans Greek Fest invites you to dine, wine on the bayou," 22 May 2018 On the menu: Classic chicken dishes plus rotisserie feasts and wings for large parties. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Clucker's menu is all about chicken," 26 Mar. 2018 Color your chili white instead of red by substituting pulled rotisserie chicken for beef and white beans for the more traditional red kidney version. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A bird in hand: Rotisserie chicken is the answer to many a dinner," 5 Sep. 2017 Stir together rotisserie chicken meat, chipotle chile in adobo, ground cumin and garlic powder. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Taco Pizzas," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of rotisserie


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotisserie


French rôtisserie, from Middle French rostisserie, from rostir to roast — more at roast


from La Rotisserie Française, restaurant in New York City where a group of fans began the organization of a fantasy baseball league in 1979

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: a piece of equipment that turns meat over a source of heat so that it cooks on all sides

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